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Wittenberg Names Jim Geiger As New Vice President for University Advancement

June 2, 2011  
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Springfield, Ohio – Jim Geiger, senior director of development and alumni relations at The Ohio State University, has been named the new vice president for university advancement at Wittenberg, President Mark H. Erickson announced. Geiger is expected to begin his new duties July 1.

“I am excited to welcome Jim to the Wittenberg family,” Erickson said. “His values, interpersonal skills and fundraising experience align perfectly with what we were looking for, and I look forward to working with him in the year ahead.”

With more than 15 years of external affairs experience, including campaign management, fundraising, alumni relations and executive management, Geiger currently oversees all fundraising and alumni relations efforts for Ohio State’s College of Arts & Sciences, which consists of 40 academic units and cross-disciplinary programs. The college, which annually raises more than $25 million to support students, faculty, programs and facilities, raised $34 million under Geiger’s leadership during fiscal year 2010. Geiger also serves on a university-wide committee charged with building an advancement model that more closely aligns university marketing and communications, development and the alumni association.

Prior to Ohio State, Geiger served as the vice president for development at the Florida State University Foundation, where he provided leadership to the major gift program for several colleges at Florida State, including arts & sciences, education, visual arts, and theatre and dance.

Additionally, Geiger previously served as vice president for institutional advancement at Capital University, where he implemented and managed a $65 million comprehensive campaign. Under his leadership at Capital, gifts also increased from $6.9 million to $8.2 million in just one year, and the annual giving program surpassed the $1 million mark for the first time.

“I am humbled that Dr. Erickson, the Board of Directors and the search committee have chosen me to lead Wittenberg in this important work,” Geiger said. “Building on the strong traditions and relationships between the university and its alumni, friends and the Springfield community is an awesome responsibility. I am eager to begin partnering with the Wittenberg family to build an advancement program, which will position the university for even greater success in the future.”

Geiger began his career in higher education development at Ohio University, where he served in several capacities, including as the director of corporate/foundation relations, director of special projects, and director of major gifts. He earned his B.S. in communication systems management and his M.H.A. from Ohio University.

Written By: Karen Gerboth

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